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The world's biggest observation wheel reopened on Monday after a fire trapped passengers for hours and led to a one-month shutdown from late December.

The Singapore Flyer said authorities gave the green light after a German-based firm - TUV SUD - completed testing of new backup systems, reported Channel News Asia.

It added that so far, some 5,000 people have taken a ride on the Flyer on Monday.

The majority of the first few passengers who boarded the Singapore Flyer when it re-opened in the morning were tourists.

The reputation was tarnished when 11 people were manually lowered after the Flyer broke down just before Christmas on December 23, with 173 visitors being stuck, most of them for over six hours.

Foreign experts, together with Singapore companies, were brought in to oversee the installation of new backup systems, which cost some S$3 million. The Singapore Flyer is 165-metres high - 30 metres taller than Britain's London Eye.

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